As part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda, legislation has been introduced into Parliament (16 March 2016) to encourage venture capital investment.
Professionals Australia has approached Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel AO and Mr Bill Ferris AC from Science and innovation Australia to ensure that the vital area of strategic workforce development for STEM professionals is included in their 10-15 year Science and Innovation plan.
The review of R&D tax incentives underway, mapping of the nation’s long-term research infrastructure needs, the development of new research metrics to assess non-academic impact and industry engagement.
The 2015 Science meets Parliament was held on 24 and 25 March. Speakers included Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb AC, Business Council of Australia President and Telstra Chair Ms Catherine Livingstone AO and Federal Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane.
As part of the Research Alliance, Professional Scientists Australia has written an open letter to the PM to highlight the damage being caused by the continuing uncertainty over operational funding for NCRIS.
Guardian journalist Melissa Davey highlights the key findings from the 2015 Professionals Australia Women in STEM Survey Report.
John Ross, Higher Education journalist from The Australian reports on the key findings of the Professionals Australia 2015 Women in STEM Professions Survey Report – The Slower Track.
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In July 2015, the then Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP appointed Dr Ian Watt to conduct a review of research policy and funding arrangements.
John Ross from The Australian comments on the findings of the recently-released 2015 Professional Scientists Remuneration Survey Report.
Over the weekend of 31 October/1 November, the Scientists’ Division Committee met in Melbourne to formulate the Division’s program for 2016. Each year the Committee meets around five times by phone hookup and once at its face-to-face planning meeting. The Committee reviewed the Division’s activities in 2014/15 which included: advocacy work on science funding in…